- March 13, 2019
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The goal of Brainport Smart District (BSD) in Netherlands is to envisage life in 2050, complete with smart apparatus and data ownership. This is a pilot initiative and 100 homes are part of the initiative. In a change from existing economic models for smart cities where large technology and communication companies benefit from citizen's data, residents of BSD will own their data.
A Board of Ethics will provide guidance to users regarding various aspects of the data, such as privacy and commercialization. Interestingly, ownership of data does not necessarily preclude its commercialization, meaning users will be able to sell their data to organizations. So customer data relating to energy use and generation will not be automatically available to utilities and energy services companies. They would have to source it from customers (or offer incentives/benefits to end users for sharing it).
I am not entirely sure about the details but, frankly, I doubt whether it will make much difference. Facebook and Google pioneered the offering of free services in exchange for data. Both services, especially the former, are not necessary. I doubt whether consumers will hesitate to share data in exchange for incentives for basic services, such as Internet or energy.